[1] Team GFR

Team Captain:  Gavin Rutherford
Other Members:  Peter Thomas
 
Aircraft: M20J (Mooney 201)
 
 
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Team GFR "thank you" event:

"Thank you" event hosted by “Millsy”, the 6PR breakfast announcer @ Black Toms Bar / 11th August 2012

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Team GFR comprises Gavin Rutherford and Peter Thomas.

We will be flying a Mooney M20J registered VH-MIP.

This machine is a veteran of several outback air-races and lots of long distance travel.

Seriously speaking…..

Gavin and Peter’s shared opinion about the RFDS is that it is probably the single most important charity in Australia. This opinion is borne of their long term links with the remote regions of Australia:

Ending in 1995, Gavin Rutherford’s 13 year corporate agricultural background saw him travelling rural and pastoral regions of every state of Australia. His affinity with the RFDS began at this time. He is thankful to have never been a “customer” but is a complete convert to the service through the stories and experiences of the people that he rubbed shoulders with. Gavin’s GFR experience began in 1996 and he is currently the MD and part owner of a growing construction company that is minesite focused and at any given time has at least 150 working staff deployed on mine-sites in Queensland, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia. As recently as February 2012, Gavin had good reason to be thankful for the RFDS when a remote located worker was uplifted and conveyed to Perth after an unfortunate event. GFR is thankful that the “safety net” that is the RFDS exists.

Peter Thomas retired in 2011 from his sole-practitioner lawyer practice. Dealing almost exclusively in the mining sphere over a 25 year career, Peter is well known through his involvement in the creation of many well known exploration and mining companies. In his retirement, but still sitting on the boards of at least 5 publicly listed companies, Peter is busier than when he was “in business”. The RFDS has of course figured prominently with Peter throughout his career. With a board-level responsibility for many remote located workers, the RFDS “safety net” is a front-of-mind consideration for Peter.

 “We reckon that the RFDS should be 100% Government funded. As there are about 2 chances of that………… we are happy to roll up our sleeves and do out bit to tip some dollars in”.

And less seriously speaking…….

Preparing for the race has been quite stressful. Can the 12kilo weight of just one case of Shiraz be squeezed onto our freight manifest? Happily the answer is yes! Unhappily we felt that we needed at least 2 cases to carry us through the body of the trip. An abstemious approach to our trip has therefore been mandated. The less than equitable outcome of Gavin-flies / Peter-drinks has been arrived at. Bloody lawyer!! No doubt Grumpy will elucidate to Gavin the virtues of whatever drop he is imbibing at the time….and that’s about as much sharing as there will be! Regardless, Gavin has vowed to survive and will most probably wash others windscreens in exchange for alcohol. Watch THAT space!

And just repeating…..

“We reckon that the RFDS should be 100% Government funded. As there are about 2 chances of that………… we are happy to roll up our sleeves and do out bit to tip some dollars in”.